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Old 01-03-2014, 07:09 AM
Wendell Wagner Wendell Wagner is offline
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The term "vocal fry" has already been mentioned, but let me give a video illustrating it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsE5mysfZsY

It's a vocal characteristic of some young American women in recent years. It overlaps with the various indie singing styles in the videos given here. As you can see from the video, this way of speaking irritates many people.